Electric car home chargepoints will go smart in July 2019

Homeowners will be able to remotely access their electric car chargepoints from July 2019 – helping cut bills and manage demand on the grid

Electric Nation Smart ChargerHome electric car chargepoints will be smart and accessible remotely from July 2019, the government has announced. What’s more, it will continue to fund them.

In committing to the existing chargepoint grant of £500, roads minister Jesse Norman hope to make the UK “the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle.

“We have already supported the installation of over 100,000 home chargepoints. Now the measures announced today will give more people the opportunity to make the move to electric.”

Smart electric car charger

A smart chargepoint can be remotely accessed and is able to receive, interpret and react to a signal. This enables ‘smart charging’ – which will manage peak electricity demand and ensure the electricity grid is not overloaded.

Consumers will also benefit because a smart charger can tap into cheaper off-peak electricity.

Part of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme which was introduced in 2014, more than 60,000 grants have been supported to date. The government’s 2018 Road to Zero strategy, now targets all new cars to be “effectively zero emissions by 2040”.

If it is to deliver on this, in just 12 years’ time, it needs to start building the infrastructure now.

Happy Electric Nation home charge customer

“Today’s measures will make it easier for consumers to move towards electric vehicles,” said automotive minister Richard Harrington.

The Road to Zero Strategy, adds the government, amounts to nearly £1.5 billion of investment “and represents one of the world’s most comprehensive packages of support for zero-emission vehicles”.

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Richard Aucockhttps://www.motoringresearch.com/
Richard is director at Motoring Research. He has been with us since 2001, and has been a motoring journalist even longer. He won the IMCO Motoring Writer of the Future Award in 1996 and the acclaimed Sir William Lyons Award in 1998. Both awards are run by the Guild of Motoring Writers and Richard is currently chairman of the world's largest organisation for automotive media professionals. Richard is also a juror for World Car Awards and the UK juror for the AUTOBEST awards.

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